MPs could move to Department of Health HQ under Parliament restoration plan

Written by Josh May on 8 September 2016 in News

Report set to call for MPs to move to Richmond House while the Lords could relocate to the Queen Elizabeth II conference

The Department of Health's Richmond House HQ, where MPs could move. Image: PA

Both Houses of Parliament will leave the Palace of Westminster for six years under a plan to be put forward by MPs and peers reviewing the need for restoration work.

MPs would move to the Department of Health’s Richmond House building on Whitehall, while the Lords could relocate to the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre opposite Westminster Abbey.

A range of options for the refurbishment programme was proposed by consultancy firm Deloitte last year.

Parliament renovation could see MPs and peers relocated to Whitehall departments
Vague on both your houses: How well do civil servants understand parliament?
Cabinet Office minister Matt Hancock: government to vacate 75% of sites by 2023

They said the cost of the project could range between £3.5bn and more than £7bn – depending if one or both of the Houses of Parliament intended to stay on site during the works.

The restoration committee will today recommend the cheapest of the plans, with restoration work reportedly set to begin in 2022.

According to The Times, the proposal has the support of No 10 although both the Commons and Lords will need to approve the plans.

A Downing Street spokesperson said: “We're awaiting a report and will respond in due course.”

Author Display Name
Josh May
About the author

Josh May is news editor of CSW's sister site,, where a version of this story first appeared

Share this page
Editor's Pick
Promote as primary content
Not Promoted

Share this page

Further reading in our policy hubs


Please login to post a comment or register for a free account.

Contact the author

The contact details for the Civil Service World editorial team are available on our About Us page.

Related Articles

The Civil Service World Podcast: Can you reform the civil service?

21 November 2019

On this week's episode of The Civil Service World Podcast, Jess and Suzannah speak to Francis...

Related Sponsored Articles

A radical re-think for public sector transformation
2 November 2015

With the ‘low-hanging fruit’ exhausted, the public sector must approach new government saving...

Successful partnerships: working effectively with central government
26 August 2014

TCS is keen to contribute to the topic of successful partnerships between the public and private...